1. It premiered November 18, 1998.
2. It’s written by Jerry Holkins and illustrated by Mike Krahulik and is heavily immersed in video game culture. And that’s quite a thing to be immersed in.
3. The protagonists have suggested that wars should be avoided by having nations at conflict engage in epic battles of ping pong. (The table version, not the Atari version.)
4. The comic has been enormously successful, with some reports that it reaches 3.5 million viewers daily. (If you haven’t seen it, you must be feeling very left out about now.)
5. Holkins and Krahulik created Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) in 2004. PAX is a series of gaming festivals that puts the “awe” in “awesome.” (OK, perhaps that’s more opinion than fact.)
6. The guys also created Child’s Play, a non-profit that provides hospitals with toys and video games to entertain young patients (and probably some not-so-young ones).
7. Although Penny Arcade attracts many younger fans, its often adult language has created controversy. (Not that Holkins and Krahulik really care.)
8. Gabe has a Pac-Man tattoo on his right arm. (No sign of Ms. Pac-Man, however. Whatever that means.)
9. Tycho has displayed an alarming sexual attraction toward ostriches and giraffes. (What is the proper term for a neck fetish?)
10. Dr. Raven Darktalon Blood is a parody of characters created by Todd McFarlane. (In other words, he could be consider the spawn of Spawn.)